Pre-BSN

Associate of Arts & Science Degree/Science:  Pre-BSN

Patrick Henry Community College is committed to assisting potential nursing students, current nursing students, and nursing graduates to continue their education.  In Fall 2014 a new curriculum of study was developed and offered to PHCC students:  Associate of Arts & Science/Science:  Pre-BSN. 

Purpose:

  • To prepare Associate Degree RN graduates to enter university RN-BSN bridge programs
  • To provide a curriculum of study for eligible students who are waiting to apply to the Associate Degree RN program
  • To assist Health Science Certificate completers who are waiting to apply to the Associate Degree RN program
  • To prepare transfer students to enter university BSN programs

WHY Pre-BSN?

  • There are two educational paths to becoming a registered nurse (RN):   Associate Degree "ADN" (2 year community college program) OR Bachelors Degree "BSN" (4 year university program)
  • Graduates from both programs take the same state licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse (RN) - the core nursing content is the same for both programs.
  • In 2008, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) launched a two-year initiative to respond to the need to assess and transform the nursing profession.  Their purpose was to produce a report that would make recommendations for the future of nursing. 
  • In October 2010 the Institute of Medicine published "The Future of Nursing:  Leading Change, Advancing Health http://www.iom.edu/nursing  The committee developed four key messages, one of which reads "Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression."
  • Prompted by this report, the RWJF and the American Association of Retired People (AARP) partnered to establish The Future of Nursing:  Campaign for Action, aimed at improving the health of Americans by transforming the nursing profession, using the IOM report as a framework.  The campaign has helped form action coalitions - groups of nurses and other health care providers, employers, patients, and others - in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Most of these groups have focused on implementing the IOM's recommendation that 80% of the nursing workforce have a BSN degree by 2020.
  • Consequently, hospitals and other health care facilities are encouraging registered nurses to to seek their BSN rather than ending their education with an ADN. 
  • Colleges and universities across the country have responded to this demand by offering RN-BSN and other educational progression tracks for licensed RN's to advance their education.  These RN-BSN & other progression tracks are often delivered in an on-line format, allowing nurses to be employed while pursuing advanced nursing degrees.  

Institute of Medicine Report: The Future of Nursing:  Leading Change, Advancing Health Report at a Glance

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